Do you have gaps in your smile from lost permanent teeth? This may be due to an accident or other condition. If so, Cleveland Family Dentistry may be able to help you. There are several options available when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. In today’s blog, we will be discussing the differences between dental bridges and dentures so that you can choose the best option for your needs.
Who Benefits From A Bridge
Even losing just one of your pearly whites can lead to more problems in the future. Leaving a hole in your smile can cause the other teeth to shift out of place, or others may begin to fall out as well as they do not have adequate support. This can also lead to difficulties chewing and even a lack of confidence in your smile. If you have up to three missing teeth in a row, a bridge can fill the gap and look natural.
Before receiving this prosthetic, you will have a consultation with your dentist to ensure this is a good solution for you. This false set of teeth will be made out of porcelain which will blend in with your smile. It will be held in place by crowns on the surrounding natural teeth. A great benefit of a bridge is that it is a permanent fixture, so you will not need to remove it.
When Are Dentures Necessary
For patients with teeth missing in different areas, dentures may be used instead. There are a few differences between a bridge and dentures. If your supporting pearly whites are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or you have several missing throughout an arch, dentures will be used instead. An impression will be taken of your smile to create dentures that look natural. There are partial and full dentures depending on your needs.
We Also Offer Implants
If you are looking for a permanent option, there are implant-retained dentures, as well. Instead of needing to remove your dentures to clean daily, these will be fixed into your jaw. Several posts will be inserted below your gum line in order to replace the roots of your teeth. Then, an abutment piece and crowns will be placed. This system allows for your jaw to be stable and saves you from your jaw weakening over time.
Unlike many other practices, we can do this service in our office. Instead of being referred to other oral surgeons, we will perform the entire process. This will begin with a consultation to examine your health status and dental needs.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you have one or more missing teeth, talk to your dentist today about your prosthetic options. Call Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.